This weekend I received an email from Terry who began his career as an apprentice joiner at Robb’s. I spent a very pleasant afternoon with him last year and he taught me many things about Robb’s and about shipyard joinery which will appear in a future posting.
However, his email suggests another topic which could be pursued on the Henry Robb blog, as a result of reading one of my entries in which I used the term THE YAIRD for Robb’s yard. I would like to get it up and running, you will see what I mean when you read his email, so here it is:
I’m enjoying your blog site, it will I’m sure, generate more information for your research.
I thought recently that having a list of terms and expressions from Robb’s that were specific to the yard might encourage others to contribute. Particularly some that come to mind are:-
BINCH – how the Joiner’s shop benches were always called in Leith
EETCH – Leith Shipwright’s term for an Adze
SCRUNTIN’ – when Teak decks had been caulked and filled with pitch, they were scraped to provide that sharp black line inlaid look. Very sore on the knees !
GAYLUM – Wooden rebate plane, used by ship’s joiners.
HALFLIN – Very long wooden plane used for straightening and jointing.
GRANNY’S TOOTH – Wooden router plane.
DWANGS – Horizontal pieces of wood, jammed between the vertical steel girders on the ship’s side to allow fixings.
SODGERS – (Soldiers) Vertical pieces of wood for similar fixings.
These are just a few that come to mind, and I’m sure that there are many more,
So, we have a start – it would be great to collect more of the terms used at the yaird before the knowledge of them and their meanings is lost – over to you, comments or emails as always, very welcome.
To read more about Terry’s story you can go to:
Other posts on my blog which relate to this include:
Shipyard Trades (another posting on which I am asking for some help please!)
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